(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University track & field team traveled to Montevallo, Ala. to compete in the Falcon Track Classic on Friday.
With the momentum of a promising showing in last week’s Louisiana Classic in Lafayette. several members of the women’s team took center stage on day one of the two-day event.
Leah Banks kicked off the day for the women’s team with a first place finish in the 200m dash.The sophomore crossed the finish line with a time of 26.31. With her performance in the 200m dash, Banks has set a new standard for the program in the heptathlon.
Banks followed that performance with a third place finish in the 100m hurdles, recording a time of 15.19. She also managed a throw of 9.88m in the heptathlon shot put event, good enough for another third place finish.
In the field events, Taylor Hagins led the way for Loyola, followed close behind by teammate Tiera Melancon in the women’s hammer throw.
The women took home 19th and 20th, respectively, as Hagins recorded a throw of 29.93m and Melancon finished with a throw of 29.45m.
In the javelin throw, Hagins, Melancon and Shannon Hester finished 12th, 13th and 14th in the event.
Melancon led the way with a toss of 31.25m, followed by Hester’s 30.8m and Hagin’s 29.64m to finish inside the top 15.
After day one, the women’s team sits at 12th overall. Banks, through four events, has 2,697 points toward her heptathlon total. The sophomore currently sits inside of the top five heading into Saturday’s meet.
The Wolf Pack will return to Montevallo Track Facility for day two of the Falcon Track Classic tomorrow morning.